Good Deed: #89 Perform salaah with khushu/humility

2:45 And seek help in patience and al-salaah (the prayer), and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for al-khaashi’oon [i.e., the true believers, those who obey Allaah with full submission, fera much from His Punishment, and believe in His Promise and in His Warnings]

2:238 (Y. Ali) Guard strictly your (habit of) prayers, especially the Middle Prayer; and stand before Allah in a devout (frame of mind).

3:9 (Y. Ali) O ye who believe! Let not your riches or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. If any act thus, the loss is their own

7:17 (Y. Ali) “Then will I assault them from before them and behind them, from their right and their left: Nor wilt thou find, in most of them, gratitude (for thy mercies).”

23:1-2 The believers must (eventually) win through,-
Those who humble themselves in their prayers (with solemnity and full submissiveness);

33:35 (Y. Ali) For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise,- for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward.

9:59-60 (Y. Ali) But after them there followed a posterity who missed prayers and followed after lusts soon, then, will they face Destruction,- Except those who repent and believe, and work righteousness: for these will enter the Garden and will not be wronged in the least,-

107:4-5 (Y. Ali) So woe to the worshipers, Who are neglectful of their prayers,

Rasulullah (saw) said “Allah has obligated five prayers. Whoever excellently performs their ablutions, prays them in their proper times, completes their bows, prostrations and khushu` [Khushu` in the prayer is where the person’s heart is attuned to the prayer.] has a promise from Allah that He will forgive him. And whoever does not do that has no promise from Allah. He may either forgive him or punish him.” [Recorded by Malik, Ahmad, Abu Dawud, al-Nasa’I and others. According to al-Albani, it is sahih. Al-Albani, Sahih al-Jami, vol. 1, p. 616.]

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “You will only have from your prayer that which you focused on.”
Sins will be forgiven if you concentrate properly and have full khushoo’, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When a slave stands and prays, all his sins are brought and placed on his head and shoulders. Every time he bows or prostrates, some of them fall from him.” (Reported by al-Bayhaqi in al-Sunan al-Kubraa, 3/10; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’)

Rasulullah (SAW) said,”The first matter that the slave will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad.” [Recorded by al-Tabarani. According to al-Albani, it is sahih. Al-Albani, Sahih al-Jami, vol.1, p. 503.

Hudhayfah (may Allaah be pleased with him) used to say: Beware of the khushoo of hypocrisy. He was asked, What is the khushoo of hypocrisy? He said, When the body shows khushoo but there is no khushoo in the heart. Fudayl ibn Ayaad said: It was disliked for a man to show more khushoo than he had in his heart. One of them saw a man showing khushoo in his shoulders and body, and said, O So and so, khushoo is here and he pointed to his chest,not here and he pointed to his shoulders. (al-Madaarij, 1/521)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “My joy has been made in prayer.” So whoever finds his joy in prayer, how can he bear to look for joy anywhere else, or to keep away from it?
(Al-Waabil al-Sayib, 37).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Remember death in your prayer, for the man who remembers death during his prayer is bound to pray properly, and pray the prayer of a man who does not think that he will pray any other prayer. (al-Silsilat al-Saheehah by al-Albaani, 1421)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer. He said, O Messenger of Allaah, how can a person steal from his prayer? He said, By not doing rukoo and sujood properly. (Reported by Ahmad and al-Haakim, 1/229; Saheeh al-Jaami, 997).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught us the following methods of combatting the wiles of Shaytaan and getting rid of his waswaas: Abu l-Aas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that he said, O Messenger of Allaah, the Shaytaan interrupts me when I pray, and I get confused in my recitation. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, That is a shaytaan whose name is Khanzab. If you sense his presence, seek refuge with Allaah from him, and spit [dry spitting] towards your left three times. [Abu l-‘Aas] said: I did that and Allaah took him away from me. (Reported by Muslim, no. 2203


Sister Laila – How to Develop Khushoo

Developing Khushoo in Prayer Part 2 of 4 B

Developing Khushoo in Prayer Part 3 of 4

Developing Khushoo in Prayer Part 4 of 4 A

Action Plan

Khushoo means calmness, serenity, tranquillity, dignity and humility. What makes a person have this khushoo is taqwa (God consciousness) of Allaah and the sense that He is always watching. Khushoo means that the heart stands before the Lord in humility and submission.

The site of khushoo is the heart, and its effects are manifested in the physical body. The various faculties follow the heart: if the heart is corrupted by negligence or insinuating whispers from Shaytaan, the worship of the body’s faculties will also be corrupt. The heart is like a king and the faculties are like his troops who follow his orders and go where they are commanded. If the king is deposed, his followers are lost, which is like what happens when the heart does not worship properly.

1. Prepare oneself for salaah.

  • Wear clean and best clothes and ensure awrah is covered.
  • Make wudhu properly.
  • Use miswaak to clean teeth
  • Repeat what the adhaan after muazzin
  • Read dua after adhaan and iqamah

2. Good Deed: #22 Perform Salaah on time

3.  Move at measured pace during salaah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to move at a measured pace during salaah, allowing every bone to return to its place

4. Remember death while praying and pray as if this is the last time you will ever perform salaah.

5.  Think and ponder about the ayah and adhkaar being recited during salaah. Pause between ayah to reflect on what you are reading.

6. Read in slow rhythmic tones and make voice beautiful when making salaah. Man can read loud and ladies softly.

7.  Know that Allah responds to prayers.

8. Praying with a barrier (sutrah) in front of one and pray close to it

9. Placing the right hand on the left hand on the chest

10.  Looking at the place of prostration

11. Move the index finger during tashahud

12. Vary the soorahs, aayaat, adhkaar and duaa’s recited in salaah

13. Performing sujood al-tilaawah when reciting an aayah where this is required

14.  Seeking refuge with Allaah from the Shaytaan

15. Remove anything that may distract the worshipper

16.  Do not  perform salaah  in a garment that has decorations, writing, bright colours or pictures that will distract the worshipper

17.  Do Not pray when there is food prepared that one wants to eat.

18.  Do Not perform salaah when one needs to answer the call of nature

19.  Do not perform salaah when you are sleepy.

20. Do not perform salaah behind someone that is sleeping or talking

22.  Do Not occupying oneself with smoothing the ground in front of one while making sajdah.

23. Do not disturbing others with one’s recitation

24. Do not turn around or turn away of eyes while performing salaah.

25. Do Not raising one’s gaze to the heavens

26. Do Not spit in front of one when performing salaah.

27. Try to suppress yawning during salaah.

28. Evaluate your salaah after you perform it.

Source: Developing Khushoo in Salaah

Other resources

Attain Khushoo in salaah

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